Eli Ridder | Report
The Dec. 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, announced by the Canadian government on Thursday, has placed Canada in the world spotlight as Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump distance themselves from the incident.
Mr. Trudeau told reporters in Montreal on Thursday that “the appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference”, adding that Ottawa got a “few days’ notice”.
White House officials have told media that Mr. Trump was not aware of the request for Meng’s extradition from Canada, an arrest that occurred the same day Trump agreed to a 90-day trade war ceasefire with China.
Meng, is the 46-year-old daughter of Huawei’s founder and held the position of chief financial executive when she was arrested during a stopover in British Columbia.
When Ottawa announced her arrest on Thursday, stock markets were hit hard and lost year-long gains over concerns the incident could negatively impact the delicate ceasefire between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa.
Meng is in custody due to a probe into an alleged scheme to use the international banking system to evade Washington’s wide-reaching sanctions against Iran, reported Reuters, citing investigation sources.
Analysts with Reuters news agency and Bloomberg have reported that the arrest could give the impression that the United States is serious about enforcing trade norms.